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Organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day is coming soon on February 17, 2016. This annual event, now in its fifth year, offers educators an opportunity to reflect and tell the story -- and amplify the reach of these messages -- about how digital tools are empowering learning in classrooms, schools, homes, and communities.

How to Participate

Here are a handful of ways that educators and schools have participated in Digital Learning Day:

However you are participating, be sure to add your celebration to the Digital Learning Day map, and follow #DLDay on Twitter for updates. Also, register for Digital Learning Day Live to participate in live webcasts, Twitter chats, and online conversations – all coordinated by DLDay Live Emcee Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis). National and local leaders, educators, and students will discuss how the digital divide is affecting communities and what is being done to address those issues. Wondering how parents fit into the day? "Engaging Families in Digital Learning Day," from Edutopia community member Gwen Pescatore, explains the important role that parents play in celebrating digital learning and how to involve parents.

Where to Find More Information

Visit the Digital Learning Video Gallery on the website for the Alliance for Excellent Education to view real-life, practical stories about how district and school leaders are improving learning outcomes through effective use of technology. In addition, check out a few featured resources from Edutopia to find ideas and tools to explore how you can take action on the digital divide and bring digital learning to the next level. Here are a few resources to tap:

Technology Integration in a Nutshell

Watch Edutopia’s video Introduction to Technology Integration to learn how technology use can link students to global audiences, turn them into creators of digital media, and help them practice collaboration skills that will prepare them for the future; then learn more about the research.

Technology-Integration Strategies, Tools, and Tips

  1. What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship: Download a PDF on the Nine P’s of Digital Citizenship. For students in younger grades, review a sample lesson about teaching internet safety for students as young as kindergarten.
  2. Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom: Explore 12 ways that teachers are using social media right now to make classrooms more engaging, relevant, and culturally diverse. Work with young children? Discover three age-appropriate ways to introduce social media in the early grades.
  3. The Epic BYOD Toolchest: Looking for tools to help with formative assessment, screencasting, content sharing, note taking, blogging, presentation, link sharing, and more? This list of 51 tools should help with locating the right tool for the job.
  4. The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con: Thinking of flipping your classroom? Consider what it is, what it isn't, why it works or doesn't work, and why it matters.
  5. 12 Ideas for Teaching With QR Codes: Integrate mobile devices using one of these ideas for teaching with QR codes.
  6. 15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer): Find resources to help you teach programming with every student and every age, and take a look at seven apps that can help teach children coding skills.
  7. The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning: Learn how educators use Minecraft, the popular digital sandbox game, to help students explore, create, imagine, and meet learning goals.
  8. Designing a School Makerspace: Start thinking about how to set up a makerspace at your school. Need to start smaller? Find tips for how to make use of a classroom-based wonder shelf and suggestions on 20 maker technologies and tools.

Technology Integration in Schools That Work

Edutopia's flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way that students learn. Check out two recently covered schools, and find out how they are making gains via effective technology use.

Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom: Discover how P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida, integrates digital content with face-to-face learning and how this has resulted in impressive gains in student achievement.

Instructional Coaching: Driving Meaningful Tech Integration: Learn how Hampton High School in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, has employed a full-time instructional coach to support teachers by providing resources, support, and know-how on working with technology.

More Resources From Edutopia

How will you use this opportunity to reflect and celebrate? We’d love to hear about your ideas and plans in the comments.

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ClassroomAid's picture

Karen Cator, the United States Department of Education's (ED) director of technology, had addressed the move beyond the digital textbooks: "I think the trend is towards--I wouldn't call them e-books, I'd call them 'digital learning environments."
As Dan Meyer pointed out in this post: On iBooks 2 And iBooks Author: "No new technology is so novel we can't subject it to the question, "How does it change the relationship between student and teacher, student and discipline, one student to another?"
Textbooks or not, what we need is technology/ constructivist shift in classsrooms.

Scott Merrick's picture
Scott Merrick
Online Learning Specialist at Metro Nashville (TN) PS

...I would say that this archive of tools for innovators and "re-thinkers" would be enough in and of itself. Thank you so much for archiving the day's resources. From the trenches in Tennessee, I can echo that the main tasks before us include 1) changing established and incredibly entrenched preconceptions of how education looks, 2) establishing new and firmly-fixed-in-best-practices ways to go about education, and 3) working out just how these new ways function effectively within vast, powerful, and authoritative systems not designed to allow them (much less to enable them) to function optimally. Funding, policy, and law are our dragons and only by keeping the essential issue in focus--the well-being and nurturance of our children as they grow through childhood into adulthood--will we succeed in taming those dragons. This was a wonderful event, and it helps me to feel the tide turning toward the good.

jim miller's picture

Thanks for this wonderful compilation of DLD resources. I think these resources tough upon all the latest trends and their necessities, benefits and pitfalls. I'd like to commend, here, the role of OERs like CK12 FlexBook and Khan Academy, for the great work they are doing especially for STEM subjects, I think these resources with their interactive, engaging yet rigorous content have shown the way for other to follow. And the OER revolution is the next big thing in education, providing new opportunities of learning to whoever wants them.
http://goo.gl/rMV3V

Colette M Bennett's picture
Colette M Bennett
English Department Chair @ small rural middle/high school in Northwest CT

Today is Digital Learning Day! To mark the occasion, let me take you through a quick walkthrough of the halls of Wamogo Regional Middle/High School and give you a snapshot on how digital learning looks in the English classrooms grades 7-12.
http://wp.me/p1FPEO-1bv

Shubham Garg's picture
Shubham Garg
Tech Savvy

Learning can be achieved by implying various activities in curriculum that attracts the students as well motivates them.

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